Alert: Income Tax Department Warns Users On Fake Links On Refunds
Bhubaneswar: The Income Tax department has warned tax payers of fake links which promises to give refunds. In a tweet, the Income Tax department has said that such links are phishing messages and not sent by the department.
The IT department has further asked the tax payers/ users to be extra vigilant while coming across such phishing links. “Any response is to be made only by logging into your e-filing account and NEVER on email/links/forms,” tweeted IT department.
The Income Tax Department does not request detailed personal information through e-mails. The does not send e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
Pl do not click on any such fake link which promises to give refund. These phishing messages are not sent by ITDeptt. Any response is to be made only by logging into your e-filing account and NEVER on email/links/forms.
More details on:https://t.co/90VSq32w0K pic.twitter.com/SvnymRxeUR
— Income Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) December 21, 2020
If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the authorized by Income Tax Department or directing you to an Income Tax website, then here are the tips that you should follow:
-Do not reply.
-Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
-Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website then do not enter confidential information like bank account, credit card details.
-Do not cut and paste the link from the message into your browsers, phishers can make link look like real, but it actually send you to different websites.
-Use anti-virus software, anti-spyware, and a firewall and keep them updated.
-Some phishing e-mails contain software that can harm your computer or track your activities on the internet without your knowledge. Anti-virus & Anti-spyware software and firewall can protect you from inadvertently accepting such unwanted files.